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Quasi-stellar Guy
2008-Sep-25, 04:51 PM
For a government that is in absolute control over it's official news media, you would think they would be better at this sort of thing...

The Chinese authorities posted an official report on the Web trumpeting the successful launch of it's third manned mission into orbit today. The online article even included extensive dialog of the astronauts and ground control:

"After this order, signal lights all were switched on, various data show up on rows of screens, hundreds of technicians staring at the screens, without missing any slightest changes ...

'One minute to go!'

'Changjiang No.1 found the target!'...

"The firm voice of the controller broke the silence of the whole ship. Now, the target is captured 12 seconds ahead of the predicted time ...

'The air pressure in the cabin is normal!'

"Ten minutes later, the ship disappears below the horizon. Warm clapping and excited cheering breaks the night sky, echoing across the silent Pacific Ocean."

The only trouble is that the article was posted BEFORE the actual launch!!

Launch window
2008-Sep-25, 05:10 PM
Doesn't surprise me coming from a state like China but even democracies print all kinds of crazy stuff in print such as Nixon's XI disaster speech on the 20th of July.

LaurelHS
2008-Sep-25, 06:21 PM
I thought Nixon's "In Event of Moon Disaster" speech wasn't printed in the media until 1999. And unlike this Chinese story, Nixon's speech wasn't published by accident.

I liked this article about the prematurely released Shenzou VII conversation:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article4826302.ece

"As to whether that conversation will actually take place, and whether it will again be reported verbatim by Xinhua, the world may now have to wait until Saturday to find out."

schlaugh
2008-Sep-25, 06:24 PM
I can understand doing some background writing to stay ahead of a deadline but give me a break...

Quasi-stellar Guy
2008-Sep-25, 06:35 PM
Perhaps the Chinese, really have secretly perfected faster-than-light travel? This type of causality paradox is exactly what you would expect if a FTL space ship was available. Right? lol

Swift
2008-Sep-25, 06:49 PM
There is an on-going thread (http://www.bautforum.com/space-exploration/78340-shenzhou-7-a.html) about the chinese launch.

slang
2008-Sep-25, 08:40 PM
The only trouble is that the article was posted BEFORE the actual launch!!

Did you actually see it before launch, or is this based on a "time of posting" or something attached to the article? URL?

galacsi
2008-Sep-25, 09:14 PM
This Chinese bashing does not interest me !

LaurelHS
2008-Sep-25, 11:49 PM
Did you actually see it before launch, or is this based on a "time of posting" or something attached to the article? URL?

Apparently the article was dated Sept. 27. This is a cached, translated copy (http://74.125.93.104/translate_c?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&u=http://cache.baidu.com/c%3Fm%3D9d78d513d9d437ad4f9c94697d66c0156a4381132b a6a6020bde8449e3732d475016e7ac56540770a3d27d1716d9 494b9a802102441451b08cc9f84ad8ac935838f92d23061b91 3115c46eaadf01659f2fca1cafed0ee6c9ed2fcff99792c854 2480085920c7a3d70d4603ca18a1496efef9c216085f12b8e7 2765895b7c349f245de71aa5a665324196f1a95f4ec028d563 179db835c76454ea%26p%3Dce759a4688904ead05a9df6d7f% 26user%3Dbaidu&prev=/search%3Fq%3DShenzhou-VII%2B%2522found%2Bthe%2Btarget%2522%26hl%3Den%26s afe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26channel%3Ds%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26hs%3DcX0%26sa%3DG&usg=ALkJrhiVgKzBkZHn4CXZwXDV7xUOx6WCkg).
The original Xinhua URL has a "deleted or expired" message.